College of Health Sciences
Dr Cynthia A Lanier received her Doctorate of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in Houston in May 1995. Dr. Lanier is currently part time faculty for the MPH Program and taught for the PhD program. She has served as an instructor at Walden since 2004. Courses taught include Principles of Community and Public Health, Program Planning and Evaluation, Essentials of Public Health: A Case Study Approach; Social, Behavioral, and Cultural Factors in Public Health, and Advanced Psychosocial Theories of Health and Health Behavior. She has also taught Program Planning and Evaluation, Research Methods; Theoretical Models of Health Behavior, Understanding Cancer and Prevention, and co-instructed The Impact of Violence and Terrorism at other colleges and universities. Professionally, Dr. Lanier has been not only an administrator at Rice University as the Director of Health Education, but also served as a faculty member in the Health Sciences Department at the same institute. Lanier completed a Kellogg Post-doctoral Award with the Community Health Scholars Program in 1998-99 at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill to learn more about conducting community based participatory research in a rural community setting. She continues to stay in contact with the Kellogg Scholars program and meeting with others who are interested in working in communities. Her primary research interests include violence prevention in adolescents, development of a survey questionnaire to measure rape-tolerant attitudes and building partnerships with communities to better understand their needs for violence prevention. Her current research efforts focus on the impact of violence in the home on generations as well as intergenerational violence and the effectiveness of preventing violence in secondary schools.